Clara Vannucci: Bail Bond – Bondsmen, Defendants and Bounty Hunters

Clara Vannucci is an Italian documentary photographer mostly focused on the Criminal Justice System. After the degree in graphic design, at the University of Architecture of Florence, she decided to move to New York City where she became an intern at Magnum Photos and later the assistant, for over two years, of the photojournalist Donna Ferrato. Her stories tell the prison system of both Italy and US: with Crime and Redemption, a reportage about theatre in Volterra’s prison, she shows how the method of acting in prison can be a useful tool to changing the way the criminal mind works. In NYC, with the help of Donna Ferrato, she took pictures in the Rikers Island Jail, developing a project about the Battered Women Section of the biggest US jail.

USA – Bail Bond’ by Italian photographer Clara Vannucci is a visual tale set in contemporary New York. By weaving together stories of bondsmen, defendants and bounty hunters, the reportage sheds light on an unexplored edge of law and order in the US, a place where crime and security collide and amalgamate, leaving no room for the spectator to take side.

In the US legal system, a person accused of committing a crime is called defendant: assumed innocent, he must be proven guilty, or else released. While waiting for judgment, defendants can live as free men and women, as long as they pay a sum of money, considered a guarantee for their appearance in court on the dates assigned for the trial. When defendants cannot pay, bondsmen act as guarantors by providing the requested money and assuming the responsibility to force recalcitrant defendants into court on their day, with the help of bounty hunters.


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